ABOUT US

VAN BECELEARE MACHINE WORKS HAS been providing precision machining services for over 50 years. You might say that quality is in our blood.

A history of innovation

James D. Van Becelaere started Van Becelaere Machine Shop in 1966 as a maintenance machinist repairing equipment for local industries such as coal mines, printing companies, and equipment builders. In 1975, the business was incorporated and became Van Becelaere Machine Works Co., Inc.

The first CNC machine was purchased in 1979 in order to meet customer production needs. From there, the business continued to grow while focusing on other entities such as oil fields, agricultural and original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s).

Today, the business encompasses over 70,000 square feet and more than 40 CNC machine tools. With the help of our Higher Power and silent leader, we anticipate continued growth in the future.

Multi-axis machining center
First CNC lathe machine
James D. VanB and sons at IMTS show after purchasing new FH80 Horizontal Machining Center
Founder James D. (Jim) Van Becelaere operating lathe
 

 Timeline

2019

ISO certificate pending

2018

Partnered with Midwest Growth Partners (MGP) as part of our strategic growth plan.

2017

Plant Expansion
CNC count: 48

2014

Multi-axis machining center added

2011

Plant Expansion
Vertical machining area added

2007

Plant expansion
CNC Count: 33

2002

Second CMM purchased

2001

CNC machined complete 4.3L V6 crankcase for GM

1998

Plant Expansion
CNC Count: 26

1998

Second generation takes the helm
Vince Van Becelaere takes over for James

1993

CNC machined first complete in-line 6 crankcase

1992

Plant Expansion
Quality Control Lab and Horizonal Machining Center added

1991

First CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) purchased

1986

First Plant Expansion
Doubled square footage
CNC Count: 9

1979

Company purchased first CNC machine

1966

James D. Van Becelaere, 1st generation, founded company

“Phenomenal versatility.”

“VB has a lot of experience and equipment so they can do just about any kind of machine work that we throw at them. VB’s versatility is phenomenal. VB is our best machine shop, by far. We work with two top machine shops and VB is one of them. We have a great relationship with VB.

—Commodity Manager, globally-known oil/industrial equipment manufacturer